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Take A Tour Of The Reliance Fire Museum Saturday, July 20th!

reliance-fire-museumThe Reliance Fire Museum is a gently guarded secret in the Estes Park Community, out of sight of most curious eyes. It is the place where old fire engines come to get a breath of new life, as they are restored to new condition for their owners: collectors, cities and fire fighter associations. It is also a place that a fine collection of old trucks now make their permanent homes.

This Saturday, July 20th, the Reliance Fire Museum is offering public tour hours from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. It’s your opportunity to take a peek inside.

Visitors from around the world come in small groups or as individuals, sometimes to check out the place that will restore their beloved antique fire engine, or just to see the world class collection of apparatus.

Visitors will have the chance to see fire engines and equipment as old as 1901. Operating displays include a tiller ladder truck from Beverly Hills, CA; a one-of-a-kind wooden body sedan pumper from Detroit; and an actual ‘life-net’ used to catch victims that might jump from a burning building- among many other trucks and fire fighting tools. Bring the kids, but be forewarned, these trucks are not toys- with several being valued at over $100,000. (There is a fire truck parked outside that is OK to climb on!)

Public tours are free of charge. Donations to help operate the Museum are always welcome, but not required. Take Moraine Avenue West from downtown Estes Park to Elm Road, then about one mile up Elm Road to the Museum- it’s the building with a fire truck in the driveway at 460 Elm Road. Parking is available behind the shop if necessary- where you can also check out some classic trucks awaiting their turn in the restoration shop.

To take a preview of the Museum, or for contact information, visit the Reliance Fire Museum website: www.reliancefiremuseum.org..

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